Currently, no simple blood test
exists for detecting or diagnosing pancreatic cancer. A person with pancreatic
cancer may have elevated levels of bilirubin and liver enzymes in the
blood if the cancer is blocking the bile duct. High levels of certain
hormones in the blood may be a sign of a rare pancreatic neuroendocrine
tumor, such as an insulinoma or gastrinoma.
After diagnosis, there are two
types of blood tests that can monitor the progress of a pancreatic tumor.
Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA)
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